The Message

Nahum 1

God Is Serious Business

1A report on the problem of Nineveh, the way God gave Nahum of Elkosh to see it:

2-6 God is serious business.
    He won’t be trifled with.
He avenges his foes.
    He stands up against his enemies, fierce and raging.
But God doesn’t lose his temper.
    He’s powerful, but it’s a patient power.
Still, no one gets by with anything.
    Sooner or later, everyone pays.
Tornadoes and hurricanes
    are the wake of his passage,
Storm clouds are the dust
    he shakes off his feet.
He yells at the sea: It dries up.
    All the rivers run dry.
The Bashan and Carmel mountains shrivel,
    the Lebanon orchards shrivel.
Mountains quake in their roots,
    hills dissolve into mud flats.
Earth shakes in fear of God.
    The whole world’s in a panic.
Who can face such towering anger?
    Who can stand up to this fierce rage?
His anger spills out like a river of lava,
    his fury shatters boulders.

7-10 God is good,
    a hiding place in tough times.
He recognizes and welcomes
    anyone looking for help,
No matter how desperate the trouble.
    But cozy islands of escape
He wipes right off the map.
    No one gets away from God.
Why waste time conniving against God?
    He’s putting an end to all such scheming.
For troublemakers, no second chances.
    Like a pile of dry brush,
Soaked in oil,
    they’ll go up in flames.

A Think Tank for Lies

11 Nineveh’s an anthill
    of evil plots against God,
A think tank for lies
    that seduce and betray.

12-13 And God has something to say about all this:
    “Even though you’re on top of the world,
With all the applause and all the votes,
    you’ll be mowed down flat.

“I’ve afflicted you, Judah, true,
    but I won’t afflict you again.
From now on I’m taking the yoke from your neck
    and splitting it up for kindling.
I’m cutting you free
    from the ropes of your bondage.”

14 God’s orders on Nineveh:

“You’re the end of the line.
    It’s all over with Nineveh.
I’m gutting your temple.
    Your gods and goddesses go in the trash.
I’m digging your grave. It’s an unmarked grave.
    You’re nothing—no, you’re less than nothing!”

15 Look! Striding across the mountains—
    a messenger bringing the latest good news: peace!
A holiday, Judah! Celebrate!
    Worship and recommit to God!
No more worries about this enemy.
    This one is history. Close the books.

Bíbélì Mímọ́ Yorùbá Òde Òn

Nahumu 1

1Ọ̀rọ̀-ìmọ̀ nípa Ninefe. Ìwé ìran Nahumu ará Elkoṣi.

Ìbínú Olúwa sí Ninefe

Ọlọ́run ń jẹ owú, ó sì ń gbẹ̀san.
    Olúwa ń gbẹ̀san, ó sì kún fún ìbínú
Olúwa ń gbẹ̀san lára àwọn ọ̀tá rẹ̀,
    Ìbínú rẹ̀ kò sì yí padà lórí àwọn ọ̀tá rẹ̀
Olúwa lọ́ra láti bínú, ó sì tóbi ní agbára;
    Olúwa kì yóò fi àwọn ẹlẹ́ṣẹ̀ sílẹ̀ láìjìyà.
Ọ̀nà rẹ̀ wà nínú afẹ́fẹ́ àti nínú ìjì,
    Ìkùùkuu sánmọ̀ sì ni eruku ẹsẹ̀ rẹ̀.
Ó bá Òkun wí, ó sì mú kí ó gbẹ;
    Ó sìsọ gbogbo odò di gbígbẹ.
Baṣani àti Karmeli sì rọ,
    Ìtànná Lebanoni sì rẹ̀ sílẹ̀.
Àwọn òkè ńlá wárìrì níwájú rẹ̀,
    àwọn òkè kéékèèkéé sì di yíyọ́,
ilẹ̀ ayé sì jóná níwájú rẹ̀,
    àní ayé àti gbogbo àwọn tí ń gbé inú rẹ̀.
Ta ni ó lé dúró níwájú ìbínú rẹ̀?
    Ta ni ó lé faradà gbígbóná ìbínú rẹ̀?
Ìbínú rẹ̀ tú jáde bí iná;
    àwọn àpáta sì fọ́ túútúú níwájú rẹ̀.

Rere ni Olúwa,
    òun ni ààbò ní ọjọ́ ìpọ́njú.
Òun sì tọ́jú àwọn tí ó gbẹ́kẹ̀lé e,
    Ṣùgbọ́n pẹ̀lú ìkún omi ńlá
ní òun yóò fi ṣe ìparun láti ibẹ̀ dé òpin;
    òkùnkùn yóò sì máa lépa àwọn ọ̀tá rẹ̀.

Kí ni ẹ̀yìn ń gbìmọ̀ lòdì sí Olúwa?
    Òun yóò fi òpin sí i,
    ìpọ́njú kì yóò wáyé ní ìgbà kejì
10 Wọn yóò sì lọ́lù papọ̀ bí ẹ̀gún òṣùṣú
    wọn yóò sì mu àmupara nínú ọtí wáìnì wọn
    a ó sì run wọn gẹ́gẹ́ bi àgékù koríko gbígbẹ
11 Láti ọ̀dọ̀ rẹ, ìwọ Ninefe, ni ẹnìkan ti jáde wá
    tí ó ń gbèrò ibi sí Olúwa
    ti ó sì ń gbìmọ̀ búburú.

12 Báyìí ni Olúwa wí:

“Bí wọ́n tilẹ̀ ni ìfọwọ́sowọ́pọ̀, tí wọ́n sì pọ̀ níye,
    Ṣùgbọ́n, báyìí ní a ó ké wọn lulẹ̀,
nígbà tí òun ó bá kọjá.
    Bí mo tilẹ̀ ti pọ́n ọ lójú ìwọ Juda, èmi kì yóò pọ́n ọ lójú mọ́.
13 Nísinsin yìí ni èmi yóò já àjàgà wọn kúrò ní ọrùn rẹ
    èmi yóò já ṣẹkẹ́ṣẹkẹ̀ rẹ dànù.”

14 Olúwa ti fi àṣẹ kan lélẹ̀ nítorí tìrẹ Ninefe:
    “Ìwọ kì yóò ni irú-ọmọ láti máa jẹ́ orúkọ rẹ mọ́,
Èmi yóò pa ère fínfín àti ère dídà run
    tí ó wà nínú tẹmpili àwọn ọlọ́run rẹ.
Èmi yóò wa ibojì rẹ,
    nítorí ẹ̀gbin ni ìwọ.”

15 Wò ó, lórí àwọn òkè,
    àwọn ẹsẹ̀ ẹni tí ó mú ìròyìn ayọ̀ wá,
    ẹni tí ó ń kéde àlàáfíà,
Ìwọ Juda, pa àṣẹ rẹ tí ó ní ìrònú mọ́,
    kí ó sì san àwọn ẹ̀jẹ́ rẹ.
Àwọn ènìyàn búburú kì yóò sì gbóguntì ọ́ mọ́;
    wọn yóò sì parun pátápátá.